Have you seen Glenn Gould play a Brandenburg concerto?

Have you seen Glenn Gould play a Brandenburg concerto?


norman lebrecht

September 21, 2016

You have now.


  • Itsjtime says:

    Perhaps thee greatest flute player of the 20th century.
    Baker was the real deal.

  • Una says:

    My word! And the flautist and the violinist too … you hear things you don’t normally here in today’s performances – often gone through like a dose of salts!

    Thanks Norman!

  • Malcolm Kottler says:

    How about Oscar Shumsky as the violinist, not Mischa Mischakoff.

  • Joel stein says:

    This has been available sine the GG set of laserdiscs.

  • Robert Holmén says:

    Lousy piano sound. Were they trying to make it sound like a harpsichord?

  • Nick says:

    Another recording, this time with Gould less prominent as director and playing the keyboard part in the Cantata #54 with Russell Oberlin. I first heard this on a sleepless night in a Tokyo hotel when I switched on to one of the NHK channels. I consider it one of the finest of the non-original instrument performances and return to it frequently.


  • debussyste says:

    I miss Mr Gould very much. There is no pianist of this calibre today.

    • Rebab says:

      I miss Gould, too, but I don’t think one can compare him with other pianists because he was so very different. Once, in a music magazine whose name has slipped my mind, there was a telling review of Gould’s idiosyncratic recording of the complete Beethoven sonatas: the reviewer gave it 0-10 points out of 10. And right he was: Glenn Gould could not be judged by ordinary standards, he was a law unto himself.

  • Joel Lazar says:

    I heard a repeat [or a prequel] of this performance by the Detroit Symphony on tour in Boston in the Fall of 1961; program also included Walter Piston’s New England Sketches, and Gould playing the Strauss Burleske. Amazing.

  • Janet Horvath says:

    Norman, the second performance – the one on video, is the CBC orchestra with Toronto Symphony members. I know because 12 seconds in I see my father…and other familiar faces.

  • David Boxwell says:

    Somebody seems to be humming the music on the second performance (when listened to with headphones).

  • John Borstlap says:

    On the top photo it is clear that mr Gould had to go to the bathroom but could not resist finishing the piece.

  • John Borstlap says:

    The problem with Gould was that he put himself between the music and the listener, instead of serving the music. The musical intensity is almost always marvellous, but in the same time irritating because of his erratic approaches.